Alternative Medicine & Its History
Treatments Beyond Conventional.
When most people get sick, they look to conventional methods of medical treatment for relief and healing. There are alternative methods to treatment that are becoming increasingly popular.
What treatments are considered “conventional?” Prescription medication, traditional surgery, and computerized scientific testing are three examples of conventional medicine. Most physicians support conventional medicine in their practices, so when seeing a doctor, it is highly likely you will be advised to follow conventional medical advise.
The decision to use conventional medicine should be made by the patient and doctor on a case by case basis. An alteration to the type of treatment is sometimes all that is needed to feel better.
Alternative treatments include: Herbal remedies, Massage, Meditation, Acupuncture
Patients will often find themselves turning to alternative methods of treatment when conventional methods are ineffective or a medical problem has been deemed untreatable. Alternative treatments are designed to not only aid in pain relief, but also reduce stress and tension that can worsen chronic pain.
Alternative methods of treatment focus on the whole person; body and soul. Convention methods strictly focus on the physical problems alone. For alternative methods to be effective, the patient must be motivated and believe in the alternative treatment’s ability to work.
Of course, any serious, life-threatening health problem should blend conventional and alternative methods for a comprehensive approach. Be sure to consult with your doctor to avoid complications. If planned well, you can take advantage of best of both types of medicine for a life that is comfortable and enjoyable.
Alternative Medicine History & Theory
Thousands of years ago, all medicine was “alternative medicine.” Before modern science, healers would consider the full picture – emotional, physical, and spiritual – before healing a sick person.
This is one of the main differences between modern conventional medicine and alternative medicine. Alternative medicine does not look for the instant cure for the physical problem, rather is looks more at a long-term solution that includes the whole self.
Just a few centuries ago in Europe there were two types of healers; folk healers that used old tried-and-true methods, and professional physicians. The lower classes did not have the money to pay for the professional physicians, but they used the folk healers and it worked.
In North America, philosophy and religion were often used to help folk healers provide holistic treatments.
The conventional medicine that we have today has evolved from the days of folk healers and alternative medicine. Many conventional physician support different types of holistic treatments in the overall wellness plan for their patients. The reason that alternative medicine has stood the test of time is because it works!